How to fix the Lakers

If there is one player that can drastically help the Los Angeles Lakers win a title this year, it is Rajon Rondo. Now, word today from Chris Broussard, is Rondo is being aggresively shopped. The Lakers covet a point guard like Rondo, so here is how the deal would have to work.

Los Angeles gets: Rajon Rondo, Jermaine O’Neal

Boston gets: Pau Gasol and Darius Morris

It even works with the ESPN Trade Machine so everything matches up with this deal. Here are the reasons both teams make this deal.

Los Angeles: It’s obvious. They want to land a top five point guard. (They had one in Chris Paul in the beginning of the season but David Stern nixed the deal). Trading Gasol frees up the money to acquire Rondo and build on him and Bynum as the cornerstones of the franchise for the next five years. Rondo currently averages right around ten assists per game and will make it easier for Bryant and Bynum to get open looks.

In addition, players such as Matt Barnes and Metta World Peace will be more involved in the offense. The Lakers take O’Neal back in this deal as well to bring back some size at PF to help with Murphy, McRoberts and Wallace along with the fact that O’Neal will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Boston:  The Celtics make this trade because they realize they are not contenders this season and want to sell their parts and rebuild ASAP. Broussard also mentions that the Celtics don’t trust Rondo as a cornerstone of an organization for years to come and would rather build around someone else. Gasol gives them a legitimate center who still has 2-3 good seasons left in him. Pairing him with Garnett gives them the best big men in the East.

Avery Bradley is more than ready to take over at the point guard position and the Celtics could have a chance to make a run with Bradley, Allen, Pierce, Garnett and Gasol. Or, they could decide to rebuild totally and ship off Pierce, Allen and Garnett more picks/players as well. But, Rondo will be the first domino to fall if/when the Celtics sell.

Overall, this deal works for both teams and should give both the opportunity to succeed in the near future.

Los Angeles Lakers History

Fresh of their 15th NBA Championship, the Los Angeles Lakers began the 2009-2010 season, the way they ended the 2008-2009 season, in first place in the Western Conference. More teams in the Western Conference no longer looked at the Lakers as a top team to beat, but as the World Champions. Teams in the West improved physically to help against the Laker centers Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. Along with those two players, during the 2008-2009 offseason, the Lakers decided to let free agent Trevor Ariza go, and sign all-star Ron Artest to help stabilize their defense. Paired with Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Derek Fisher, these Lakers have a team that proves difficult for anyone to beat.

Laker Coach Phil Jackson has been with the team since 2005 and helped the Lakers win the NBA Finals during the 2008-2009 season. This may be the last season for Phil Jackson for many reasons. First, he has some major health concerns that make it hard for him to travel. Additionally, Jackson would like to be paid well and the Lakers may not be willing to offer him the money that he deems acceptable.

Background

The Lakers franchise predates the NBA. The Minneapolis Lakers first season was 1947-1948, when the team entered the National Basketball League. Before the 1948-49 season began the Minneapolis Lakers would join four other teams and jump to the Basketball Association of America. The BAA would now have 12 teams after the move. It wasn’t until 1960-1961 season that the team would move to Los Angeles and be renamed the Los Angeles Lakers. They became the first team in the Western Conference. Before Staples Center, the Lakers played at Great Western Forum from 1967-1999.

The 1999-2000 season would be a major turning point in Laker history. First, it started with a new arena. The Lakers would now be playing at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, where they still play today. Furthermore, the Lakers hired Phil Jackson to coach the team that year and grouped with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’neal, the Lakers would win the NBA Finals the next three seasons.  Overall, the Lakers have won the NBA Finals fifteen times along with being in the playoff fifty times during their existence in the NBA.